16 days in Queensland Itinerary

16 days in Queensland Itinerary

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16 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly + Drive:  14​h
1
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Hong Kong

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Tewantin National Park, then kick back and relax at Peregian Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour of HMAS Brisbane, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Noosa travel planning app .

Hong Kong, China to Noosa is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Kings Beach
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Surfer's Paradise Beach and Warner Bros. Movie World. Visiting Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach will get you outdoors. There's more to do: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

3
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Scuba & Snorkeling. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip planning site .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Bring the kids along to Safaris and Four Mile Beach. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Port Douglas itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

4
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Attractions like Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Cape Tribulation Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at Daintree National Park and Myall Beach. The adventure continues: stroll through Cow Bay Beach, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation route planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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